Nikita Mazepin has revealed his 'excitement' for the 2022 F1 season with Haas considering "unreal" developments to its all-new machinery.
F1 will race to radically altered aerodynamic regulations next year with many teams viewing the changes as an opportunity to elevate themselves up the order.
The extreme example of this ambition is Haas, the team announcing before the recently-ended season had begun that it would not be developing its VF-21 and would instead focus entirely on 2022.
As a result, Haas ended the year at the foot of the constructors' table and without a point for the first time in its six-year history with rookie drivers Mazepin and Mick Schumacher the only full-time entrants not to register a point.
Speaking to GPFans prior to the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Mazepin explained the contrasting feelings from last year's winter break, to this.
“This winter is actually more exciting than the last one because we knew that there's not much we will do or we can do," said Mazepin.
"I don't really have that same excitement because I'm a very big believer that instead of thinking of the end outcome, it's always best to focus on the things ahead of you.
“What's ahead of me and my team is making sure we get the most out of every single little idea that anybody brings to the table and consider all of them, even if they look unreal to make sure that you know somebody else doesn't make that idea happen without us.”